John Fawcett


Biography of John Fawcett

John Fawcett (January 6, 1739–July 25, 1817) was a British-born Baptist theologian, pastor and hymn writer. .

Early years

Fawcett was born on January 6, 1739 in Lidget Green, Bradford. In 1762, Fawcett joined the Methodists, but three years later, he united with the Baptist Church and became pastor of Wainsgate Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England.

Tie That Binds

He served for seven years, despite a small income and a growing family. It seemed only practical that he move to a church that paid a larger salary. When he received a call in 1772 to the large and influential Carter's Lane Baptist Church in London he planned to accept the call. But at the last minute he changed his mind, and remained at Wainsgate where his salary was £25 pounds a year. To commemorate this event he later wrote the words to "Blessed Be the Tie that Binds", possibly his most famous hymn.

In 1777 a new chapel was built for him at Hebden Bridge, and about the same time he opened a school at Breasley Hall, his place of residence. In 1793 he was invited to become President of the Baptist Academy at Bristol, but declined. In 1811 he received a Doctor of Divinity from America.

Fawcette died in 1817 at the age of 77.

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